Monday, August 22, 2011

Tying a quilt tutorial

This is how I tied my Summer House Quilt. I am sure there are different ways of doing it but this worked out really well.

I used Pearl Cotton #8 as a thread. Cut a long piece and thread a needle with a sharp point and relatively big eye but not to big. It is a bit fiddly to get the thread in but with patience it works.

I choose to tie in the cross between the squares. I started about 1/4 inch (0,5 mm) from the corner pushing the needle through all layers and pulling the thread leaving about 2-3 inches on the top of the quilt. I then pushed the needle up again 1/4 inch (0,5 mm) from the corner on the other side of the 4-patch cross. At some 4-patch crosses I could do this in one go - down and up at once - but because of the seams it sometimes got to thick to push through.

I then did another stitch on top of the stitch and left two ends of thread on the front of the quilt, about 2-3 inches (4/5 cm) each.

I made a simple double knot. I have read somewhre that you can make a special type of tying know but I haven't tried it out. This worked out just fine.

When I had tied all the knots I cut off the ends and made them all about 1 inch (1 1/2-2 cm) long. Finished. A fun alternative to the traditional machine quilting. My thumbs got a bit sore, I did pin myself a few times, I even started to bleed a couple of times, but it was worth it. I will absolutely use this technique again.

Have a go!


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  1. This blanket is GORGEOUS!! It has inspired me to try out quilting soon and I hope it turns out looking as good as your's has :)

  2. Thanks for the tutorial! I love perle cotton! I definitely want to give this a try.

  3. Your quilt looks great! I have a patchwork quilt waiting to be quilted. I think I will skip the sewing machine and try tying it. Thanks for the inspiration!


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